Julie Dore is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Leader of Sheffield City Council since May 2011, on which she represents Arbourthorne. She came into this position in 2000 and in 2008, became Chair of a Council Scrutiny Board. In May 2010, she joined the Shadow Cabinet.
Dore has come into the public spotlight concerning the mass tree felling across Sheffield as part of the controversial Streets Ahead programme. As part of the £2 billion partnership with Amey Plc, up to 10,000 trees across Sheffield are to be felled and replaced. Campaigners have alleged that this mass deforestation makes road maintenance and resurfacing cheaper over the 25-year contract, and helps corporate profit at the expense of the environment.
On the 17th November 2016, under Dore's leadership, colleague Councillor Bryan Lodge sanctioned a 4am felling of eight trees from the Rustlings Road area of Sheffield, leading to the arrest of two peaceful protesters, under section 241 of Trade Union Relation Act, a law normally used in the event of industrial action. The tree felling programme has sparked the sign-up of over six thousand members to Sheffield Tree Action Groups (Facebook group) as of March 2017 who are against the mass removal of Sheffield's street tree forest.
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|Leader of Sheffield City Council